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Petersburg, Va. General military 
hospital for the N.C. trooos 
The general military hosoital 




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From the 
ERNEST HAYWOOD LIBRARY 

Established in Memory of 

John Haywood, Trustee 1789-1827 

Edmund Burke Haywood, 1843-46 

Ernest Haywood, '80 

by 

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THE 



GENERAL MILITARY HOSPITAL 



FOR THE 



NORTH CAROLINA TROOPS 



IN 



PETERSBURG VIRGINIA. 



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STROTHER & MARCOM BOOK AND JOB PRINTERS. 
1861. 



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GENERAL MILITARY HOSPITAL 



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RALEIGH: 

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1861. 



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The General Military Hospital for the North Car- 
olina Troops, in Petersburg, Virginia, is situated on 
Perry street, within a few yards of the Southern Eail 
Eoad, and is one of the most convenient and comforta- 
ble Military Hospitals in the country. The building 
is three stories in height, each story or floor being 
divided into wards. It is provided with suitable heating 
apparalus, and the windows are arranged for lowering 
or hoisting. Each ward is lighted by gas ; hot and cold 
water carried over the Hospital, into the kitchen, the 
bathing rooms and other places, on each floor, and into 
the laundry in the yard. Suitable arrangements have 
also been made for conveying patients from one floor to 
another without being carried up and down the stairs 
by hand. 

The Hospital can be easily reached by means of an 
Ambulance Car, which will be run across the city of 
Richmond connecting the Central and Fredericksburg 
Railroads, which transport the sick and wounded from 
the armies on the Potomac and in Western Virginia, 
with the Richmond and Petersburg Roads, running 
within thirty-five yards of the Hospital door; while 
those from the Peninsula! and from the south side of 
James River, can readily get to Petersburg along the 
different routs of travel from those places. 

The affairs of this Hospital will be under the gen- 
eral management and supervision of the Governor of 



North Carolina, and the Surgeon General of the State, 
as an Executivee Committe, who shall have power to 
select and discharge all the officers and attendants 
required for the Hospital and Hospital Depots ; to re- 
caive and apply any contributions of money or other 
things intended for the use of the North Carolina volun- 
teers or Hospital ; and to do everything necessary to 
carry out the objects contemplated by establishing this 
Hospital. 

First. — They shall apply to the Secretary of War 
and Surgeon General of the Confederate States for the 
appointment of such Surgeons and assistant Surgeons 
and Dressers as they may select. 

Second. — They shall apply for the necessary medical 
supplies for this Hospital. 

Third. — They shall apply for rations for the soldiers 
in Hospital, and such of the employees of the Hospital 
as are allowed rations under the rules and regulations 
of the Confederate States Army. 

Fourth. — They shall obtain transportation for Hos- 
pital Stores, forwarded for the use of the Hospital, or 
any of the North Carolina Volunteers in Virginia, and 
also for all persons employed in carrying out properly 
the objects of this institution. 

And in turn it shall be their duty to furnish to the 
War Department any report or information relative to 
the patients and expenditures that may be asked for ; 
and to publish from time to time such statements of 
the transactions of the Hospital as they may deem ad- 
visable, or shall be called for by authority, either for 
the information of the State, the Medical and War 
Departments of the Confederate States, Contributors,or 
for the benefit of the Volunteers. 

It shall also be their duty to extend the benefits of 



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this Hospital to the Volunteers of any other State when 
they can do so without excluding those from North 
Carolina. 

NUMBER OF OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES. 

One Surgeon-in-Chief, (commissioned ;) two or three 
Assistant Surgeons, (commissioned ;) one Apothecary ; 
one Secretary and Clerk ; one Steward and Treasurer ; 
one Matron and two or three assistants; three or four 
Medical Students as dressers, &c; Nurses, Servants, 
Cooks, and Washers, as many as may he required. 

DUTIES OF THE HOSPITAL OFFICERS. 

SURGEON-IX-CHIEF. 

1. It shall be the duty ot the chief Surgeon to super- 
intend and direct the medical and surgical treatment of 
the patients, and to keep the Executive Committee in- 
formed of all requisitions necessary for these purposes. 
He will distribute the patients, according to convenience 
and the nature of their complaints, into wards or divis- 
ions, under the particular charge of the assistant Surge- 
ons,and will visit them himself each day, as frequently as 
the sick or wounded may require, accompanied by the 
Assistant Surgeons, Dressers and Nurses. 

2. His prescriptions of medicine and diet are daily 
to be written down in a register, with the name of the 
patient and number of the bed ; and the Assistant Sur- 
geons or Dressers, in his absence, will see that the di- 
rections are carried out. 

3. He will enforce the proper Hospital regulations 
to promote health and prevent contagion, by having 
well ventilated and not over crowded rooms, scrupu- 
lous cleanliness, changes of bed linen, &c. 

4. All the employees of the Hospital will be under 



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his orders ; and he will carefully see to the keeping of 
the following records : a register of patients ; a pre- 
scription and diet book ; a case book ; copies of his 
requisitions; monthly returns of sick and wounded ; 
an order and letter book, in which will be transcribed 
all orders and letters relating to his duties. 

ASSISTANT SURGEONS. 

The Assistant Surgeons shall be under the control 
and direc f ion of the Chief Surgeon, and in like manner 
subject to remov.al. They shall see that subordinate 
officers do their duty, and aid in enforcing the regula- 
tions of the Hospital. 

They must not leave the Hospital without the con- 
sent of the chief Surgeon, and one or the other of them 
must always be there when the chief Surgeon is ab- 
sent. 

APOTHECARY. 

The Apothecary must be a competent man, approved 
by the Chief Surgeon, and appointed by the Executive 
Committee. 

His duty is to dispense the medicines and put up the 
prescriptions of the surgeons. 

He must remain in the Hospital building day and 
night, so as to be always at hand to discharge the 
proper duties of his office. 

RESIDENT STUDENTS OR DRESSERS. 

There may be appointed by the Executive Committee 
four medical students (commissioned) who >diall have 
attended at least one full course of lectures in a regular 
medical college, and who shall perform the duties of 
dressers or assistants, to the surgeons and apothecary. 



They are never to leave the Hospital without the 
consent of the Chief Surgeon, or Executive Committee. 
They shall be allowed hoard and washing in the Hospital. 

SECRETARY AND CLERK. 

The Secretary and Clerk shall keep a full record 
of every patient admitted into and discharged from the 
Hospital — showing his name, age, nativity and disease 
or injury ; also the company and regiment to which he 
belongs. 

He shall make a memorandum of any money, cloth- 
ing, or other articles delivered to him by the patients, 
and hand the same to the Treasurer or Steward for 
safe keeping, and do any thing else that may be re- 
quired of him by the chief Surgeon or Executive Com_ 
mittee. For example, he shall receive and forward 
all letters and packages directed to the care of the 
Hospital for the North Carolina Volunteers in Virgin- 
ia; and he shall keep a full and accurate list of all the 
North Carolina Kegiments and Battalions in the ser- 
vice, and endeavor to keep informed of their position 
and such of their wants as can be relieved from this 
Hospital. 

He shall attend to all letters of inquiry relative to 
patients in the Hospital and the North Carolina Vol- 
unteers generally, as far as he can, keeping up a weekly 
correspondence with the Surgeons of our Regiments. 

It shall also be his duty, under the immediate super- 
vision of the Surgeon in Chief, to draw up any report 
and furnish any information that may be required by 
the Secretary of "War, the Surgeon General of the Con. 
federate States, or the Executive Committee. 



STEWARD. 

The Steward shall have charge of the Commissariat 
of the Hospital and attend to the marketing; take 
charge of all Hospital stores, furniture of every de- 
scription, supplies for the sick, and superintend the 
domestic affairs of the Hospital generally. He shall 
keep a roster ot nurses, cooks, and attendants, and re- 
turns for rations, according to the number in the Hos- 
pital ; receive and distribute rations, and submit his 
book to the chief Surgeon, monthly for examination, 
or oftener if required. He will issue stores to cooks 
and nurses, and enter the amount in his book. He 
will be responsible for furniture, bedding, cooking 
utensils, and for keeping the store room neat and clean. 
In the discharge of these duties he will derive assis- 
tance from the matrons and ward master. 

He shall also act as Treasurer of the Hospital, giving 
bond for the faithful performance of the duties of this 
office. 

MATRONS. 

The Matrons will assist the Steward in the general 
domestic management of the Hospital, especially in 
looking after the washing and cooking and nice con- 
dition of the wards, and in seeing that the female 
nurses do their duty. 




This BOOK may be kept out TWO WEEKS 
ONLY, and is subject to a fine of FIVE 
CENTS a day thereafter. It was taken out on 
the day indicated below: